Nurefsun Kadın

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Nurefsun Kadın
Bornc. 1851
Diedc. 1915 (aged 63–64)
m. 1868; div. 1879)

Saffet Bey
IssueFrom second marriage:
A son
Full name
Turkish: Nurefsun Kadın
Ottoman Turkish: نورافسون قادین
HouseOttoman (by marriage)
ReligionSunni Islam

Nurefsun Kadın (Ottoman Turkish: نورافسون قادین‎; c. 1851 – c. 1915),[1] was the third wife of Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire.[2]


Nurefsun Kadın was born in 1851.[1] She had been a servant in the household of Isma'il Pasha, the khedive of Egypt. Isma'il Pasha presented her to Sultan Abdülaziz. She had blonde hair, fair skin, and blue eyes, and was described a beautiful woman. She was fond of playing violin.[3]

Nurefsun married Abdul Hamid in 1868. After Abdul Hamid's accession to the throne, she was given the title of "Third Consort".[4] In 1877, Nurefsun and other members of the imperial family settled in the Yıldız Palace,[5] after Abdul Hamid moved there on 7 April 1877.[6]

Nurefsun could not get used to the palace life. Especially she could not tolerate her husband's remarriage, and she wanted to be the only pleasure of Abdul Hamid. In addition, the courtiers didn't like her and even had a fire on the palace and threw it on Nurefsun. After this incident, Nurefsun wanted to divorce Abdul Hamid. Abdul Hamid fulfilled her request and divorced her on 26 June 1879.[7][1] She afterwards married İkinci Esvapçı Saffet Bey, with whom she had a son.[8]

Nurefsun Kadın died in 1915.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Osmanoğlu 2000, p. 278.
  2. ^ Bey, Âtıf Hüseyin (2003). Sultan II. Abdülhamid'in sürgün günleri (1909-1918): Hususi Doktoru Âtıf Hüseyin Bey'in hatıratı. Pan Yayıncılık. p. 32. ISBN 978-9-758-43455-8.
  3. ^ Tansu, Samih Nafiz; Paşa, Celâleddin (1970). Madalyonun Tersi. Gür Kitabevi. p. 31.
  4. ^ Osmanoğlu 2000, p. 261.
  5. ^ Oriental Gardens: An Illustrated History. Chronicle Books. 1992. pp. 21. ISBN 978-0-811-80132-4.
  6. ^ NewSpot, Volumes 13-24. General Directorate of Press and Information. 1999.
  7. ^ Açba 2007, p. 122.
  8. ^ Örik, Nahid Sırrı (1989). Abdülhamid'in haremi. Arba. p. 19.